33 suspected underage drinkers arrested at graduation party

YELM, Wash. -- It's high-school-graduation season, and that means it's also young-people-drinking-and-getting-arrested-at-graduation-parties season.

To that end, Thurston County's Party Intervention Patrol -- basically the anti-Andrew W.K. -- arrested 33 underage people Saturday at a graduation and birthday party in Yelm.

According to the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, more than 60 current and former Yelm High School students had been at the party, which featured a keg, drinking games and hard liquor.

Some of the suspected underage drinkers were as young as 16, and one 19-year-old reportedly had a blood-alcohol-content level of 0.174.

In addition to the 33 youths, the 45-year-old mother who hosted the party and the 21-year-old who supplied the keg were also arrested, according to the Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

Each one of the arrested young people had to meet with a chemical-dependency counselor as part of the Party Intervention Patrol model and as a way to encourage them to make better decisions in the future.